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Catholic Church spent $10M on lobbying to delay statute of limitations reforms: report

June 6, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Catholic Church spent $10M on lobbying to delay statute of limitations reforms: report

The U.S. Catholic Church spent more than $10 million on lobbyists over seven years to delay statute of limitations reforms from going into effect in eight states, according to a new report. The church paid for lobbying efforts in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island between 2011 and 2018, the report, which was reportedly commissioned by law firms representing survivors of church sexual abuse, found. Each state’s legislatur

Over 13,500 support bishop calling on Catholics to ‘not support or attend’ LGBTQ events

June 5, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Over 13,500 support bishop calling on Catholics to ‘not support or attend’ LGBTQ events

June 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – An online petition in support of Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin after he was recently smeared by mainstream media for calling on Catholics to “not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events” had received more than 13,500 signatures in just one day. The petition, titled Support Catholic Bishop who is calling for a boycott on LGBT ‘Pride’, was launched by LifeSiteNews yesterday.

‘No priest may obey’ proposed law, California bishop says

May 31, 2019 breaking Comments Off on ‘No priest may obey’ proposed law, California bishop says

Oakland, Calif., May 29, 2019 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., of the Diocese of Oakland, California, has said he would sooner accept arrest and prison than comply with a state law that would force priests to violate the seal of confession. Barber made the statement in a letter released to the diocese on Tuesday. “I will go to jail before I will obey this attack on our religious freedom,” wrote Barber. “Even if this b

Abp Viganò says Pope is lying in latest denial about McCarrick

May 29, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Abp Viganò says Pope is lying in latest denial about McCarrick

ROME, May 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — For what appears to be the first time, Pope Francis has openly denied that he knew anything of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s immoral activities, directly contradicting Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s account of their conversation on the subject. “I didn’t know anything … nothing, nothing,” Pope Francis said in a new interview published on Tuesday in Vatican News. In response, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States has directly accused Pope Francis of lying.

Pope interview

May 28, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Pope interview

By Vatican News Mexican journalist and writer, Valentina Alazraki, has been the Vatican correspondent for Televisa since 1974. In an exclusive interview, published on Tuesday, she asks Pope Francis questions ranging from abortion to migration. Building bridges not walls One of the first questions regards the border wall with Mexico. Pope Francis responds by repeating what he has always said, namely that “whoever builds walls ends up a prisoner of the walls he builds… Instead, those who build bridges make friends, shake hands, even if they stay on the other side… But there is dialogue”, he says. Young people

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican’s interreligious dialogue

May 28, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican’s interreligious dialogue

Vatican City, May 25, 2019 / 08:28 am (CNA).- Pope Francis appointed Spanish Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot Saturday as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Guixot succeeds Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, who led the Vatican dicastery for over ten years until his death in July 2018. As a priest in the Comboni Missionary of the Sacred Hea

The Crisis Continues

May 27, 2019 breaking Comments Off on The Crisis Continues

Vos Estis Lux Mundi, the new papal directive for handling sex abuse charges, takes a few steps toward reform within the Catholic Church. But the papal document—a motu proprio, carrying the force of canon law—falls well short of an adequate response to a burgeoning scandal. Pope Francis’s directive requires th

Theologian responds to criticisms of letter to bishops concerning heresies of Pope Francis

May 26, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Theologian responds to criticisms of letter to bishops concerning heresies of Pope Francis

May 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In the recent “Open letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church,” a number of Catholics accused Pope Francis of the canonical delict of heresy and asked the bishops to take action to address this situation. The letter has not surprisingly been the target of a number of criticisms. These criticisms are not always easy for the general Catholic reader to assess, because the document is long, precisely rather than accessibly formulated, and sometimes technical in its language. These features of the letter are required by its purpose; a legal accusation against a Pope must be careful, detailed, and sometimes technical in its facts and arguments. It may, therefore, be helpful to offer an explanation of some…Continue Reading

Illinois Democrats Push Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Despite Massive Opposition

May 24, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Illinois Democrats Push Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Despite Massive Opposition

After months of inaction, Illinois lawmakers are moving forward with a radical pro-abortion bill that would legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth. The legislation prompted massive protests earlier this year. In March, so many pro-life advocates filled the capitol to rally against the bill that police had to close the building due to overcrowding. Since then, state lawmakers have been sitting on the legislation. On Wednesday, however, the Illinois House Democratic caucus held a meeting to discuss pushing the bill through before the legislative session ends on May 31, according to Capitol News Illinois. House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, made it “clear that they were going to find us a new vehicle for the bill” at the meeting, the report…Continue Reading

US bishops oppose Trump immigration plan, say families are foundational

May 20, 2019 breaking Comments Off on US bishops oppose Trump immigration plan, say families are foundational

Washington D.C., May 19, 2019 / 03:09 am (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced concern over President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan, stressing that families should be strengthened and promoted in the immigration system. “We oppose proposals that seek to curtail family-based immigration and create a largely ‘merit-based’ immigration system,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, who heads the conference’s migration committee. “Families are the foundation of